New Delhi: The Central Information Commission (CIC) has slapped a penalty of Rs 25,000 on a Delhi government official for not giving information related to the pension status of a 70-year old woman. The commission has also asked for compensation of Rs 5,000 to be paid to her.
Taking a stern view of laxity in implementing his order on disclosing status of pension, information commissioner Sridhar Acharyulu warned the Delhi government’s women and child development department that if this order was not complied with and the report not provided within one month, the Commission would be compelled to take measures to prosecute the concerned officials.
The department had withheld information related to the status of pension of the 70-year-old.
He said in case of non-compliance, the official Saroj Rawat could be prosecuted under IPC sections 166 (public servant disobeying law), section 187 (omission to assist public servant when bound by law to give assistance) and section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant).
“It is sad to note that the officers called Public Information Officer do not give information to poor public and when they approach under RTI. They reject because they have not approached directly,” Acharyulu said.
The case relates to a 70-year old poor woman whose pension was stopped abruptly by the Delhi government without giving any intimation to open a bank account. The government had decided that pension will no longer be delivered in the post office and pensioners would have to open a bank account.
“She has never been informed by any means nor (has) anybody visited her house personally so that she was told to open a bank account,” Acharyulu pointed out.
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